This 100% online program prepares health professionals to become innovative leaders and problem solvers within the healthcare industry. By blending the theoretical with the practical, the coursework provides students with the holistic knowledge needed to transition into careers that improve and influence healthcare administration systems.
- Chair: Letha Williams, Ph.D.
- Credits: 36
- Cost/Credit: $638
- Total Cost: $22,968
- Length: 2 years on average (5-year max)
The Master of Health Administration degree at the A.T. Still University prepares graduates to become seasoned professionals in the healthcare industry. The focus of this Master of Health Administration degree is creating elite leaders who are prepared and driven to make a difference and lead the future of healthcare. This 100 percent online Master of Health Administration program integrates web-based instruction, directed readings, email, and chat room interactions between students and faculty. Students in the Master of Health Administration degree program are taught by expert and highly qualified healthcare faculty and healthcare industry professionals.
The health administration master’s degree is offered through ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) and encompasses 12 healthcare administration courses, totaling 48 credit hours. All class work for this health administration master’s program is entirely online, without any residential requirement.
Students in the Master of Health Administration degree program complete 10 required courses, including a capstone project, and two elective courses, chosen by the student from related courses offered by ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies.
In the capstone project, students will apply the theories and knowledge gained throughout the Master of Health Administration program to develop a real-world solution to a problem focusing on the complexities of healthcare delivery systems, building alliances within and outside of the healthcare industry, and strategic decision-making.
The Master of Health Administration degree online program offers a challenging, interdisciplinary educational experience that enables intellectual and professional advancement for health administration masters degree students. ATSU College of Graduate Health Studies (CGHS) faculty and staff are dedicated to your success, and comprehensive student services are available, including advising, tutoring, and technical support.
ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies instructors have diverse academic and working backgrounds in management and healthcare fields, and 85 percent hold doctoral degrees. Their academic areas of interest include healthcare law, the economics of medical care, organizational theory and its effect in the health industry, health policy, the financing of healthcare, effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis in the healthcare industry, health information systems, quantitative methods and management science.
Dr. Williams has more than a decade of higher education experience in both teaching and administrative roles. She began with ATSU in 2010 as adjunct faculty, became a full-time Associate Professor later that year, and became Chair of the MHA and MPH programs in 2012. Her professional experience includes more than 30 years in leadership positions in healthcare organizations, including the American Red Cross, as well as hospitals, long-term-care facilities, and a home care agency. Her expertise is in market strategy development, organizational change and crisis management, team building, and leadership development. Dr. Williams has championed many growth-oriented strategic plans and marketing programs, developed and led award-winning teams, and coached supervisors, peers, and students who are currently making positive contributions to their organizations and disciplines.
Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership and maintains a research interest in leadership ethics. She also holds a Master degree in Public Administration with a healthcare emphasis earned at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor degree in journalism earned at Oakland University. She previously held appointments as department chair for the accelerated business programs at Baker College, and adjunct professor at Davenport University and Trident University International.
ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies provides broad training, integrated online instruction, directed readings, email and chat room interactions. The University’s mission-driven, context-based curriculum design assesses student learning through authentic embedded assessments.
The Master of Health Administration degree online program prepares students for leadership in the healthcare field. Graduates earn their online health administration master’s degree and enter a fast-growing segment of the U.S. labour market. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020. The online Master of Health Administration integrates web-based instruction, directed readings, email, and chat room interactions between students and faculty.
Academic areas of focus include:
- Healthcare law
- Economics of medical care
- Organizational theory and its effect on the health industry
- Health policy
- Financing of healthcare
- Effectiveness/cost-benefit analysis in the healthcare industry
- Health information systems
- Quantitative methods
- Management science
See more about the curriculum and course options on our website.
Doctor of Health Administration students are selected by an admission committee that considers the overall qualities of the applicant through application content, academic record, prior experience, and personal motivation.
Applicants must submit an official transcript from the qualifying degree-granting institution exhibiting the following:
- An accredited bachelor's degree from a university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Applicants who graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
- Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) at the qualifying degree institution.
For students using VA benefits, transcripts for all institutions attended are required.
Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States may have to provide a degree equivalency evaluation.
If English is NOT your first language, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies via TOEFL exam.